Manchester United are ready to deploy a ‘secret weapon’ in order to help them seal a deal for Harry Maguire, a report claims.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned his attentions to adding an elite-level centre-half to his squad this summer to try and sort out their leaky defence.
He has already bolstered his squad with the signings of Daniel James (signed from Swansea in a £15million deal) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (a £45m recruit from Crystal Palace).
United failed in a £70m approach for Maguire last week – but they do appear to be alone in the race as Manchester City are believed to have withdrawn their interest.
Now, The Sun claim that United are hoping the presence of Mike Phelan as assistant may tempt Maguire to make the move as the pair worked together at Hull City.
Hull were promoted to the top flight in 2015/16, and Phelan took charge once Steve Bruce left the club, and Maguire had a stellar campaign for the Tigers the following term.
The report goes on to add that the Foxes ‘do not need to sell and Maguire’ and are ‘holding out for a world record fee’ which could be ‘as much as £90m’.
However, both clubs are ‘still hopeful £85m might be enough to strike a deal’, The Sun adds.
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